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News Corp results show how badly those poor disrupted publishers are hurting …
November 6, 2014 | 4:38 pm

News Corp logoNews Corporation, that big bouncy Murdoch baby, demonstrated just how badly the Big Five publishers really need rescuing from Bezos's brutal bullying bugbear Amazon - by delivering quarterly results well above expectations, buoyed in part by strong performance at publishing unit HarperCollins. According to the results release, News Corp's performance for the first quarter of its 2015 financial year included "revenues of $2.15 billion compared to $2.07 billion in the prior year," and "the majority of the revenue increase reflects strength in the Book Publishing, Digital Real Estate Services and Digital Education segments and the inclusion of the results of Harlequin...

Morning Links: B&N launches new audiobook app. Embrace change
November 6, 2014 | 9:00 am

B&NWe Need a New 'Church and State' in Digital Publishing (Media Shift) Much of the digital content industry is lost today in discussions about the blurred line between publisher and advertiser — otherwise known as the divide between church and state. *** Harlequin, Divergent Drive HarperCollins (PW) The purchase of Harlequin, combined with the continuing strong sales of the Divergent series, resulted in a 24% sales increase at HarperCollins in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, which ended September 30. *** Barnes & Noble Launches New Audiobook App (GoodeReader) B&N has just unveiled their new Nook Audiobook App for Android. It is currently in beta and...

Weekend Links: HarperCollins encouraging direct sales. Indie bookstores are not dead
October 5, 2014 | 10:30 am

harpercollinsHarperCollins Encourages Authors to Sell eBooks Directly (GoodeReader) HarperCollins is empowering their cadre of authors to sell eBooks directly with the advent of a new eCommerce platform. *** Thinking About Switching to iOS 8's Family Sharing? Here's What You Need to Know (GigaOM) With iTunes Family Share, Apple has finally found a way to help families manage purchases across multiple devices. Is it worth throwing out your old workarounds? *** Indie Bookstores Aren't Dead---They Are Making a Comeback (Huffington Post) For years, journalists have made these types of predictions about the death of independent bookstores: if the chains didn't crush them, Amazon would. If Amazon didn't, they...

HarperCollins offers authors higher royalties for direct sales
October 2, 2014 | 6:17 pm

harper-collinsOne of the rallying cries of author advocates and Amazon adversaries alike has been that publishers should start selling their books direct to the public instead of letting middle-man Amazon have so much power. Another rallying cry is that publishers should pay authors bigger royalties. Well, Publishers Weekly reports that HarperCollins is combining those two suggestions, in a way—it’s offering authors an additional 10% royalty rate if they use an affiliate link on their web site to sell their book, e-book, or audiobook from HC’s direct sale site. (The PW article isn’t clear on the math; I’m assuming this means...

Morning Roundup: New Zealand rules bloggers are journalists. More DRM-free comics!
September 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

ComiXologyMore Publishers Join Comixology's DRM-Free Program (PW) Digital comics marketplace Comixology, which launched a DRM-free program in July, announced that a second wave of 14 publishers will now allow their customers to download and store DRM-free copies of comics they have purchased. *** Barnes & Noble Suspends Ability to Download Nook eBooks (GoodeReader) The Barnes and Noble customer care division has sent out a tweet, letting people know that this is their new policy and not a bug. “The ability to sideload NOOK purchased content has been discontinued. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.” *** HarperCollins to Help Indie Bookstores With Express Shipping...

Big Library Read to offer up its latest book in October
September 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

AnatomyOfAMisfitThe next installment of Big Library Read will take place next month. Anatomy of a Misfit will be featured for two weeks on OverDrive, the e-book lending library app. Anatomy of a Misfit is HarperCollins book by Andrea Portes. OverDrive allows customers to check out e-books of thousands of titles. But similar to a library, the book can only be checked out if a copy is available. Big Library Read allows anyone to check out the book simultaneously from participating libraries – meaning no hold for anyone. The next Big Library Read takes places October 13-28. Big Library Read brings attention to authors and...

HarperCollins UK goes direct-to-consumer: Is Amazon worried yet?
September 1, 2014 | 2:25 pm

News that might just have Jeff Bezos quaking in his boots - though don't bank on it - is that HarperCollins in the UK has introduced across-the-board direct sales for its books, including hard copy as well as ebooks. The ebooks have to be downloaded and read on HarperCollins's dedicated HC Reader app (also available for Kindle Fire, cheekily enough), in conjunction with a HarperCollins account. The ecommerce and payment platform for HarperCollins is provided by Digital River, which was behind the recent dedicated websites for its C.S. Lewis and Narnia properties. (Oops, wasn't C.S. Lewis once an author rather than...

Morning Roundup: HarperCollins Humble Bundle. Monkey selfie not copyrightable and more
August 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

harpercollinsHarperCollins Humble eBook Bundle with Gaiman, Bujold. Coelho, Williams and More (Boing Boing) It's a really big deal that HarperCollins has teamed up with the Humble Bundle. When I was curating the first of these bundles, a bunch of big name HarperCollins writers -- and their editors -- were incredibly excited about the opportunity, only to have it crushed by head office, who wouldn't allow them to sell books without DRM. *** Judge Says You Don't Own Facebook 'Likes' on Your Page (Techdirt) In a world where people are always pushing the idea of "intellectual property" over just about everything, is it really any...

Morning Roundup: HarperCollins assists indie bookstores. #IReadEveryWhere
August 12, 2014 | 8:58 am

harpercollins_logo.gifA Round-Up of NYPL’s #IReadEverywhere (Book Riot) The NYPL recently started a hashtag campaign to promote literacy (as well as their services): #IReadEveryWhere. It’s worth checking out on Twitter just for fun AND for some great book recommendations. *** Teaching the Digital Media Revolution Without Disregarding the Past (Media Shift) Gencarelli described the four revolutions in the history of human communication and asked us if we are in the middle of the fifth. *** HarperCollins Assists Indie Bookstores with Marketing Funds (GoodeReader) HarperCollins Publishers today announced the HarperCollins Promotional Fund (HCPF), which will provide an additional fund of marketing dollars for Independent Retailers in the company’s fiscal...

Morning Roundup: Facebook adds Save for Later. Five things about subscriptions
July 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

scribd logoLibraries Receive Shrinking Share of University Expenditures (The Scholarly Kitchen) As a percentage of overall university expenditures, libraries have been steadily losing ground. This is the main message of an updated graphic produced by the American Research Libraries (ARL). *** Facebook Adds Save for Later Reference (GoodeReader) A new save feature lets you put a virtual bookmark in a link, place, movie, TV show, or music clip… so when you have time, you can get properly caught up. *** Unlimited Subscriptions: Five Things You Need to Know (Joe Wikert) Here are five important points everyone in publishing should keep in mind when analyzing Kindle Unlimited and the...

Morning Roundup: How 3G Whispernet really works. HarperCollins has new e-commerce site
July 9, 2014 | 9:00 am

3g whispernetHow Amazon Whispernet for Kindle 3G Really Works (GoodeReader) Whispernet internet access is provided by AT&T and gives owners the ability to browse the web, purchase eBooks and download content. The big point of confusion that e-reader owners have, is what are the limitations? *** Wattpad Acquires Red Room Writer's Site (Publishers Weekly) Wattpad, an online writing and reading community, has acquired the Red Room, an online community originally described as a “Facebook for authors.” The Red Room site will be subsumed into Wattpad and go offline beginning July 8. *** Amazon Makes a Direct Offer to Hachette Authors; Here's the Full Letter (GigaOM) Amazon is proposing...

Wall Street Journal misses boat again with anti-Amazon hit piece
June 3, 2014 | 4:40 pm

newscorp_thumb[1]The Wall Street Journal has posted another scathing anti-Amazon editorial. It might be paywalled; if so you can bypass it by googling the headline. But I’m willing to bet you can guess pretty much exactly what it says without even reading it. Let’s review: the Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, which also owns Big Five nee Six publisher HarperCollins. HarperCollins was originally going to stay out of the agency pricing cabal until Steve Jobs reached out to Murdoch’s son James only two days before the iPad was going to launch, asking him to pressure...